Manchester United’s Paddy McNair recalls ‘special’ Northern Ireland debut

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United’s Paddy McNair believes playing in the European Championships next summer with Northern Ireland would be “special”.

Northern Ireland are currently top of their qualifying group for the Euros and they know that a win against Greece on Thursday would send them through.

If Michael O’Neill’s side were to reach the Euros, it would be their first major competition since the 1986 World Cup.

McNair is determined to help his country get over the finishing line when they take on Greece at Windsor Park.

When asked about representing Northern Ireland, McNair said: “It is a special feeling and my Northern Ireland debut was the highlight of last season, along with my United debut against West Ham at Old Trafford. There is a lot of excitement about the team back home because we are close to qualifying for the Euros.

“It’s given everyone a lift and we are excited for the match against Greece. If we win, then we’ll qualify. It’s in our hands and we’re desperate to take our chance. Playing at the Euros would be special and, hopefully, we’ll do the job. I haven’t booked any holidays for next summer yet!”

McNair has built a reputation as a promising young player after a solid debut campaign under Louis van Gaal last term. The 20-year-old has barely featured this time around but supporters still have high hopes for the player. It would do his confidence the world of good if he was to qualify for the Euros with Northern Ireland this week.

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